Arabians, pure and part-bred
Friesians, pure and part-bred
Warmbloods, pure and part-bred
Fell Ponies, Dale Ponies and Gypsy horses, pure and part-bred
Quarter horses and related breeds, pure and part-bred
Saddlebred and related breeds, pure and part-bred
Akhal Teke, pure and part-bred
Connemara, pure and part-bred
Coat colour tests
Fragile foal syndrome (FFS) is a severe inherited disorder that has been found in Warmblood horses. Foals with FFS are born with extremely fragile skin and lax limb joints. Their skin can be easily torn or damaged by normal contact with their surroundings. Foals with FFS are usually euthenized due to their inability to stand and the continual risk of severe infection from their skin injuries.
FFS is an autosomal recessive disorder. Autosomal disorders are equally likely to affect male or female horses, while "recessive" means that a horse needs to inherit the FFS mutation from both its sire and its dam to be affected. Horses that have inherited the FFS mutation from just one parent are called FFS carriers, and do not have physical signs of this disorder.
Our information and terminology is based on the sequences and content in US patent US2014/0186835A1 describing Warmblood fragile foal syndrome type 1. This test is not patented in Australia.
Additional information about the frequency of FFS carriers in Australia will be made available shortly.